A Happier Fire

February 17, 2017

  This boy, my friends, has had a rough couple of years.  Remember this post about the issues we were going through just before we moved back to America?  Well, I think we're finally on the upside of things here and it feels so good.

A Slice of Life

January 31, 2017

The other day, Sky pleaded a bad cough and I let her stay home with me for the day.  Since Fire was home sick on my first "Day in the Life of a SAHM" post, it seemed fair to let Sky be in one too.

The behavioral therapist recommended using light and music to wake the kids up (I'll be doing a post on that soon) but since they "lost" my Mozart CD, I woke them up with a little Shakira this morning.

It Takes Two to Fight

January 26, 2017

  I love this girl with all my heart but she really knows how to push my buttons.  She will seek out a negative interaction with me on purpose (a common pattern in kids from traumatic backgrounds) even when she knows it won't gain her anything and until recently, I didn't deal with her behavior very well. I used to dread her coming home from school because I just knew we would fight. I just didn't know how to redirect her off of a negative path and would let her keep pushing me until I exploded.  It became a standard pattern and I hated it.


January 24, 2017

I've said it before in other "weekending" posts and I'll say it again, we love weekends here!  There's always so much to do in Tucson and we cram as much fun into a weekend as we can.  This one was a busy one, even for us.  We kicked off the weekend by having a friend and her kids over for dinner.  One of her sons is Fire's best friend and her older boys are great with all the kids so they all played pretty nicely while the adults talked.  It was so nice to have one of those wide-ranging grown-up conversations (my conversations these days typically revolve around why you can't wear pajamas to school and why we can't have candy for every meal!).
 On Saturday morning, D took Sky to gymnastics while I took Water and Earth with me to Tucson March for Women.  It was an exciting event and last longer than I thought it would so the boys ended up getting their nap in the car on the way home.  That meant that instead of an hour or so of quiet time to do school work with Sky and Fire, I had four bored kids on my hands.  After a rainy morning, the sky had cleared.  Since there was a nice breeze blowing, I grabbed the kids, some snacks, and announced that we were going to the park to fly a kite.

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